The Nation

it’s the part of our lives
                   we scroll through
artificial light docks on our foreheads
             fills our eyes
with the polluted parts of oceans.
“Things will be better,”
the children say,
                             turning on their oxygen tanks.
“Thank you for being so positive,”
we say sincerely,
                                        but we mean death.
  Death by intercourse
                                                 in a plane going
down over a city we once navigated
                                                 in the nude.
“Of all the ways to go,” we say
to children
            at the lemonade stand,
“of all the ways to go.”


Noah Falck is the author of Snowmen Losing Weight (BatCat Press 2012). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, Sink Review, Jellyfish, Barn Owl Review, Fact-Simile, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere. He works as Education Director at Just Buffalo Literary Center in Buffalo, NY.